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Southern style pho?

Cicely Jan 12, 2010 01:50 PM

There are a lot of recs for northern-style pho on the board, but I haven't seen any for places that specialize in southern style. Or is southern the default? I'm assuming by opposition that southern style has more of the spices that I love: star anise, ginger, coriander. I don't usually add sauces to my broth, but I love a variety of herbs.

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    MaryD Jan 12, 2010 04:56 PM

    Cicely, see my post here http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/22574.
    I found a southern style Pho which I really enjoyed is in Concord, if you want to venture that far
    http://www.saigonbistro.com/

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      Cicely Jan 13, 2010 10:19 PM

      That's very informative, thanks. I didn't realize that pho originally came from the north! I actually first had it in Laos.

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        yummyrice Apr 23, 2010 04:47 PM

        When you were in Laos, did you have the Lao noodle soup or was it a Vietnamese noodle soup? Pho is a Vietnamese name for their version of the noodle soup, but Feu and Guey Tiew are Lao and Thai/Cambodian noodle soups, respectively. All four countries make their soups differently and they taste differently too.

        Feu noodle soups in Laos have a "vegetable" taste and aroma to it, whereas Pho noodle soups that I've had seem to lack those characteristics but have more of a "cinnamony" aroma to it. Some versions of Guey Tiew noodle soups in Thailand can also be quite tangy.

    2. Civil Bear Jan 12, 2010 05:13 PM

      My all time favorite in SF is PPQ on Irving near 19th Ave. Cash only.

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      PPQ Vietnamese Cuisine
      1816 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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